Good Read: Healing Books After Loss
A few weeks ago, I wrote about some special books concerning our tremendous loss of Biscuit. Well, I recently finished reading all three books: (1) Dog Heaven, by Cynthia Rylant; (2) Mayas First Rose by Martin S. Kosins; and (3) Little Dog Like You by Rosemary Sutcliff. All three of these books were really helpful, and I recommend them all.
I greatly enjoyed Dog Heaven, by Cynthia Rylant. It is a wonderful book that is also wonderfully illustrated. Here is one of my favorite passages from the book, Dog Heaven, ”Dogs in Dog Heaven have almost always belonged to somebody on Earth and, of course, the gods remember this. Heaven is full of memories. So sometimes an angel will walk a dog back to Earth for a little visit and quietly, invisibly, the dog will sniff about his old backyard, will investigate the cat next door, will follow the child to school, will sit on the front porch and wait for the mail. When he is satisfied that all is well, the dog will return to Heaven with the angel.” I hope that Biscuit will come back and “visit” us.
I also greatly enjoyed Mayas First Rose by Martin S. Kosins. This book illustrated the wonderful bond between man and dog. This story reminded me so very much of our relationship with Biscuit, which was like no other. We would do anything to help Biscuit as Martin did for Maya. This story brought tears to my eyes, but reminded me that we are not alone in our strong love for our furry family members. I highly recommend this book, and this author is from my home state, Michigan.
I also loved the children’s book entitled, Little Dog Like You by Rosemary Sutcliff. In this book, sadly, Pippin, a little Chihuahua, passes away. What is so moving about this story is that Pippin finds his way back to his Mom in this touching story. I sure hope that Biscuit will come back to us in some form.
We recently had a special ceremony to honor our little Biscuit whom we miss very much.